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Huge collection of user data leaked online

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the service Have I Been Pwned, has discovered almost 773m unique email addresses and around 22m unique passwords hosted on Kim Dot Com's cloud service MEGA.

In a blog post, he revealed that the collection contained over 12,000 separate files and more than 87GB of data.

The data, which Hunt refers to as Collection #1, is a set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows on a spreadsheet that has allegedly come from numerous sources.… Read the full article

Google hikes G Suite prices

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Google has announced that it is raising the prices of its G Suite Basic and G Suite Business productivity suites for the first time since they were released.

The price for G Suite Basic will be raised from $5 per user per month to $6 while G Suite Business will see a similar increase from $10 per user per month to $12. The enterprise edition of Google's productivity suite, G Suite Enterprise will not be affected by the price increase and will remain priced at $25 per user per month.… Read the full article

US government data leak exposes years of investigations

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A researcher by the name of Greg Pollock at the cybersecurity firm UpGuard recently discovered that the Oklahoma Securities Commission left three terabytes of sensitive data unsecured on a server allowing anyone with an internet connection to access it.

Among the millions of files that were not password protected, Pollock discovered details on sensitive FBI investigations along with emails and bank transaction histories.

UpGuard's Head of Research Chris Vickery provided further insight on the leak, saying:

“It represents a compromise of the entire integrity of the Oklahoma department of securities’ network.… Read the full article

Americans reluctant to pay for privacy

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

According to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation, only one in four Americans want online services such as Google and Facebook to collect less of their data if it means they would have to start paying a monthly subscription fee.

Other surveys have gauged Americans' ideas regarding online privacy but few have asked about such tradeoffs which is why the organisation decided to test their reactions to a series of likely consequences of reducing online data collection.… Read the full article

Microsoft moves further into healthcare with new partnership with Walgreens

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft is moving further into the healthcare space with a new partnership with the Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of the Walgreens, Duane Reed and Boots pharmacy chains and the healthcare products company Alliance Healthcare.

The aim of the seven-year agreement between the companies, detailed in today's announcement, is to “develop new health care delivery models, technology and retail innovations to advance and improve the future of health care.”

Microsoft and the Walgreens Boots Alliance will work together on research and development to build new healthcare technologies and the two could even possibly operate joint R&D centres in the future.… Read the full article

HSBC says it has completed $250bn FX trades using blockchain

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Blockchain appears to be gaining traction in the banking sector with HSBC announcing that it has settled $250bn worth of forex trades using the technology in the last year.

In a statement, the bank revealed that it has settled over three million forex trades and made over 150,000 payments using blockchain since February.

HSBC did no provide any data on forex trades settled using traditional processes though it did say that those settled by blockchain represented a “small” proportion of its business overall.… Read the full article

Average cost of cyberattack now exceeds $1.6 million

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

According to new research from cybersecurity firm Radware, the average cost of a cyberattack has risen to $1.1m though with organisations that calculate (versus estimate) the cost of an attack, that number increases to $1.67m.

The firm's recently released 2018-2019 Global Application and Network Security Report also shed light on the top impact of cyberattacks with businesses citing operational/productivity loss (54%) followed by negative customer experience (43%).

Almost half (45 percent) of respondents reported that the goal of the attacks they suffered was service disruption while a third (35%) said the goal was data theft.… Read the full article

UK firms can’t tell if their IoT is secure

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

New research from Gemalto has revealed that only around half (48 percent) of businesses can detect if any of their IoT devices have suffered a breach.

The company surveyed 950 IT and business decision makers globally to better understand the current state of IoT security.

Gemalto found that companies are calling on the government to intervene with 79 percent asking for more robust guidelines on IoT security and 59 per cent seeking clarification on who exactly is responsible for protecting IoT.… Read the full article

NHS trials AI software to beat breast cancer

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In an effort to deal with a shortage of radiologists affecting hospitals, several European companies have trained AI to detect signs of breast cancer.

Kheiron Medical recently announced that it will use AI algorithms to try to diagnose breast cancer with a trial on historic scans launching this month at a NHS trust in Leeds. The company's technology will also be tested against tens of thousands of historic scans in the East Midlands.

Google's own AI company, DeepMind has also recently begun a trial with the NHS and the Dutch company ScreenPoint Medical has developed similar technology.… Read the full article

One year countdown to the death of Windows 7 begins

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As many as 43 per cent of enterprises are still using Windows 7 despite the fact that Microsoft will officially end support for its ten-year-old operating system one year from now.

Kollective's new “Death of Windows 7” report examined the potential costs and security threats that could arise from continuing to use Windows 7 after the OS is no longer officially supported.

The firm's research found that nearly a fifth (17 percent) of IT departments don't know when the end of support deadline is while six per cent are aware of it but have yet to start planning for their migration away from Windows 7.… Read the full article